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An ancestor on the WWI Draft Registration and not serving in the War.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: I am confused why I can not find a World War I record for my great-grandfather.  He appears in the draft registrations I have found online.


Answer: When your relative signed up for the draft it did not always mean he served.  Another deception this may cause for a researcher is someone who is already in the military before the draft registration.  They may ignore the fact that the person served in World War I when they do not find them on the draft registration.  Even though many records were destroyed in the fire in St. Louis in 1973, I suggest to contact the Adjutant General in your state to see if his discharge record is on file.  In most cases a veteran's honorable discharge was filed with the Adjutant General's office of his state of enlistment.

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